Summary: Not every woman plans to have children. In fact, many women plan not to have children; it’s a perfectly legitimate choice that really doesn’t have to be justified. For those women that do want kids, though, it’s important to think about how the process of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing might impact plastic surgery results and whether you should have plastic surgery before or after children.
Figuring Out Plastic surgery Before or After Children
For women planning on getting plastic surgery, there’s always one question that comes up: should you get plastic surgery before or after having a baby? To some degree, this question is a bit unfair: there are plenty of women who plan on never having children. For surgeons to assume that patients have motherhood plans simply because they are women is a little, shall we say, behind the times.
However, many women will themselves ask about this (at which point, it’s appropriate to begin discussions on the topic). After all, pregnancy puts very particular stresses on the human body—and those stresses can affect the outcome of your plastic surgery procedure (depending on the procedure). That said, the notion of holding off on a procedure that can make you happy because one day you might have children doesn’t seem particularly appealing.
This helps explain why many women struggle to figure out when is the best time to have plastic surgery: before or after pregnancy, before or after babies. There’s something to be said for enjoying your body while you’re young—but plastic surgery is also a sizeable investment that you want to pay off for years to come. No wonder there’s confusion and consternation around this question. We’ll try to provide some helpful information.
Much Depends on the Procedure
When it comes to deciding whether or not you should have your plastic surgery procedure performed before or after having children, much will depend on the procedure in question. Breast augmentation, for example, will be different than a tummy tuck. And a facelift will be different than a breast lift. You get the idea. So let’s take a look at some of the procedures and find out where they differ.
- Breast Augmentation: According to the website of the Houston breast augmentation experts at South Shore Plastic Surgery, modern breast augmentation techniques can be performed in a way that will not interfere with breast feeding or other basic functions of child bearing. While the same cannot necessarily be said of preserving your results (your body will be going through many changes, after all) and maintaining function will depend on the incision technique used, it’s nice to know that you will likely be able to, for example, express milk.
- Tummy Tuck: Many patients who want a tummy tuck procedure try to get one after having children because of the way that pregnancy stretches out the skin around the belly. When it comes right down to it, your body can naturally create more excess skin, but it takes surgery to eliminate excess skin. So if you’re thinking about a tummy tuck, it’s important to keep in mind that a pregnancy will obliterate your results (to be fair, so will things like gaining a significant amount of weight).
- Facial Plastic Surgery: In general, facial plastic surgery procedures will not be affected by a pregnancy (other than, you know, what stress does to your face—that will still happen). That said, most facial plastic surgery patients are getting past the point of middle aged—they’re getting to a point in their lives when thoughts of having children are significantly less common (which is not to say it doesn’t happy—it’s just not as common). But when it comes right down to it, these types of procedures are less of a concern when it comes to choosing babies or choosing plastic surgery.
There are, of course, more outcomes that will depend on specific procedures—but you get the idea. Every procedure is going to have its own answer to this question.
The Solution is an Individual One
The only solution, then, is that every patient must make up her own mind about whether to get a procedure before or after going through the baby-having part of life. To be sure, having a child is not always a planned events—contraceptives fail and there are no shortage of surprise children on the way. All we can do is make the best plans possible based on how we’re feeling today.
Which means there’s no right answer to this question, as every woman must choose whether to get plastic surgery before or after children (assuming that she even wants children in the first place). Having more information definitely makes the choice a bit more sound, but in the end the choice is an individual one—and it’s one that only you can make. Of course, that’s the way it should be.